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Loopholes in the Constitution

During the second trimester in Government, I learned a great deal about the Constitution that I did not know before. Learning about the Constitution in this class broadened my view on how it has shaped and played a very important role in society today. What helped me the most to uncover and really dig into the Constitution, was the Constitutional Research Project. In this project, we were given different hypothetical situations in which we had to use the Constitution to figure out if that situation we were dealing with was truly constitutional. Today, there are many “loopholes” in the constitution that can override many other factors and the outcome of many cases can be very unusual and unpredictable. Although things may appear to be simple, a minor detail can change the whole course of a situation.

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As I was reading an article with my mom a few weeks ago about a Florida man named John Goodman, adopting his girlfriend in attempt to protect the his assets during an upcoming lawsuit surrounding a deadly car accident he was involved in, I figured I could put my newly learned knowledge of the constitution to work. The whole court case seemed unreal and bizarre; there was nothing in the Constitution that could really be used to stop the man from doing this. I soon realized after trying to find if this story was Constitutional, this story is one of the many “loopholes” that are found in society today. The Constitution did not relate to this case because it stated nothing about adoption, or laws on a man trying to adopt his girlfriend, so that she could get some of his money.  It may seem unjust and unconstitutional to do this, but it was up to the court to decide if what this man was doing was right and just.

Cick Here: Attorney: Man adopts girlfriend to preserve trust assets

Overall, I gained so much out of this project. I realized that I could relate many different situations to the Constitution, and that not everything was in the Constitution. Things may seem unfair, but sometimes you must leave it up to the court system to be the deciding factor in a case. The Constitutional Research Project really opened a big picture for me and broadened my view of the importance that the Constitution holds in our society today even with the many changes and transformations that our society is undergoing. This project allowed me to uncover a current court case, just like the different hypotheticals, and see if what was going on was “Constitutional”. Although things might seem “easy” to decipher in ones own eyes, one must take in to account the views from all sides of  the situation to truly determine the final verdict.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/01/man-adopts-girlfriend-_n_1247607.html

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  1. madison.v13
    May 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Good post, my only suggestion would be to add more information about maybe one or two of the specific scenarios we did to give the reader a better understanding of the project. Everything else looks good!

  2. May 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Good article Emily! I like you’re interesting way of tying in a separate story to make it interesting. But I also agree with Madison. If you add an example of one of the situations that was faced with the “Unconstitutional vs. Constitutional?” challenge that we did in class then it might be clearer to the reader of what our activity in class was.

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